Item description for The Ludlow Massacre of 1913-14 (American Workers) by Rosemary Laughlin...
Overview Describes the strike in Ludlow, Colorado in 1913 over the right to organize a union and have it recognized by management, the violence and tragic ending to the strike, and how it has shaped the rights of workers today.
From The Book Jacket In September 1913, members of the United Mine Workers went on strike in Ludlow, Colorado. They had several demands, the most important of which was the right to organize a union and have that union recognized by management. The miners would fail to achieve this goal, but they would hold out over a year, during which nearly two hundred people died, before they would give in. The climax of the violence came when state militia fired on the tent colonies where striking miners and their families lived. Two women and eleven children died in the ensuing fires. Their horrible deaths shocked the nation, raising public outcry against John D. Rockefeller Jr., owner of some of the mines, and forcing President Woodrow Wilson to send in federal troops. Determined to avoid the violence that had characterized federal intervention at other strikes, most notably in Pullman, Illinois, Wilson ensured his troops were concerned only with peacekeeping. The United Mine Workers eventually ran out of funds to continue the strike and voted to abandon it in December 1914. Still, the experience awakened Rockefeller to the need for better communication and relationships between workers and management, and he followed through on a promise to improve. Miners continued to invoke the cry "Remember Ludlow!" as they fought on in their determined battle to win rights and respect for the workers of the nation. They could only hope the sacrifices made at Ludlow had not been in vain.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Binding Library Binding
Release Date Apr 30, 2006
Publisher Morgan Reynolds Publishing
ISBN 1931798869 ISBN13 9781931798860
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Ludlow Massacre Aug 6, 2006
This in-depth analysis of a little know chapter in the history of union and company relationships provides a compelling glimpse into the struggles and sacrifices made by 19,000 men and women in their strike against the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company in 1913 and 1914. Colorado Fuel and Iron was owned by John D. Rockerfeller, Jr. but was essentially managed and operated by his employees. Mine operators in Colorado paid the miners a slightly higher salary in order to discourage the formation of unions, but there were other working conditions that were dangerous or unfair to the miners. In 1913, recognizing that the miners were at the mercy of the mine operators, the United Mine Workers Union announced a strike with the goal of unionizing all miners in Colorado. Mine operators and the state government responded by calling out the state militia with the intent of breaking the union. The result was one of the longest strikes in American history, lasting 440 days and which resulted in a gun battle that caused the deaths of ten men, two women and twelve children. This factual, carefully researched event presents a myriad of facts and personalities in a clear, concise and logical manner, and provides the solid background information necessary to understand the strike and its implications. The consequences of the strike are also detailed. Includes a timeline, necessary for keeping track of the events, as well as source notes by chapter, a bibliography, web sites and an Index and Table of Contents. Photographs, maps, and portraits and illustrations are used to great effect.